Patrick Moya

Né à Troyes en 1955, c’est à la Villa Arson de Nice que Patrick Moya fait ses études d’art dans les années 1970. Bientôt soutenu par la principale galerie de l’Ecole de Nice, il présente dès 1996 de grandes toiles et des sculptures au MAMAC, le Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de la capitale azuréenne.

Puis il se met à rayonner dans le monde entier : après l’Italie où il expose très régulièrement depuis 1987, il est présent à Londres, en Allemagne, aux Etats-Unis, à Hong Kong, Taiwan, au Japon, en Corée, etc. Aux expositions de peintures et de sculptures s’ajoutent les performances ou happenings, sans oublier la création d’affiches ou les dessins de presse. Moya est partout, y compris dans les univers virtuels en 3D.

Quel que soit le support ou la technique, son style est immédiatement reconnaissable. “L’univers Moya est à la fois enchanté et légèrement pervers”, écrit la journaliste Florence Canarelli dans un ouvrage consacré à l’artiste. Un univers “peuplé d’ours en peluche et de drag-queens, de pinocchios et de cupidons, de pins parasols, d’éléphants volants et de diables ailés”.

Parmi ses personnages récurrents, la brebis Dolly – créée en 1998 d’après le premier mammifère cloné de l’histoire – est au fil des ans devenue culte en tant que mascotte de soirées techno branchées, les “Dolly Party”, au cours desquelles Patrick Moya intervient régulièrement pour des performances.

Moya ne dédaigne donc pas la fête, mais il invite aussi au recueillement et à la spiritualité, car à l’instar de Matisse ou de Cocteau, il a lui aussi été sollicité pour décorer un lieu de prière dans un village des Alpes-Maritimes : la chapelle Saint-Jean, de Clans, date du XVIIIe siècle, mais depuis 2007 elle est plus connue sous le nom de “chapelle Moya”.

Moya is everywhere !
Performer, visual and digital artist, Patrick Moya tries to be «everywhere», making in Asian monumental sculptures made of steel or modeling in Italy little «beds» of ceramic … Between brushes to computer, techno parties to fresco on the walls of a chapel, from contemporary to digital art, from real life to virtual worlds.
Born in 1955 in Troyes, with parents of Spanish descent, Patrick Moya was educated at the «Villa Arson» (school of fine arts) in Nice, before posturing nude as a model during ten years, with the hope to «become the creature instead of the creator». He began working on the letters of his name, MOYA, saying that «the art is signature» during his «neoLettrist» period, before inventing an alter ego, his little «moya», a caricatural self-portrait, in order to «existing in his art work». Paradoxically, it is to «introduce human in art» that Moya has gradually created a bestiary : Spanish bull, malicious sheep became the visual identity of techno parties «Dolly Party», donkey accompanying Pinocchio, monkey in reference to Goya, archetypal teddy bear of our childhood … until gigantic frescoes where the animals are standing, watching the viewer. A bestiary almost human, full of poetry and strangely funny. Moya also become a digital artist since his early work on computer in the mid-80s : now, since 2007, he is the owner of a virtual Moya Land in the 3D web of Second Life, which is an submersive global art work. The creator is finally became a creature with the name of his avatar, Moya Janus, which receives the visitors into his universe. Is Moya « one of the great pioneers of the digital universe” as said by the critic Mario Gerosa, a specialist in virtual worlds and editor in chief of AD magazine Italy ? Gerosa has organized in Florence (Italy), the first major exhibition about « Art in Second Life », under the title “Rinascimento Virtuale” : this exhibition was held until January 2009 in the museum of Anthropology of the City of the Renaissance, and an entire room was devoted to the “Moya civilization”, highlighting the rich life of a complete artist, able to pass without transition from traditional painting on the walls of a catholic chapel to its reproduction in a 3D virtual world, where he lives a “second life” of a creature playing to be an Artist. Since that, Moya try every new virtual universe, building everywhere his Moya Museum …
In 2011, it’s the time of the publication of his «catalog raisonné» (40 years of creation, 4200 artworks): the «Moya Universe» is arrived to maturity, as demonstrated by the impressive mural-installation of 90 meters long, a fresco who told the story of «Moya civilization», on the walls of the art center La Malmaison, in Cannes, throughout the summer. And today, the adventure keep going in real life and in metavers as well – in Monaco, Metz, Fontainebleau, Bruxelles, Utrecht. Very often in Itay (“universo Moya a Dronero” in june 2013 and live paintings in art fair of Genova, Padova or Forli), but also in Germany (happening in Art Fair Cologne), in Portugal (participation at the Cerveira Biennal), in South Korea, wth the first big exhibition of the Radium Art Center of Busan, in august 2013, where Moya revisits the “classics” of European painting, in Luxembourg (Celina Gallery, summer 2014) and pretty soon in China … Moya’s art virtualize itself (as you can read in his book “Art in the Cloud”), while virtual Moya Land become real (via virtual avatars printed in 3D !).


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